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Elsie A. Harvel

Services for Elsie A. Harvel, 52, of Bay City, will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at First Baptist Church with Dr. W. D. Baker officiating. Burial will be in Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City.

Mrs. Harvel was born March 6, 1933 to Ervin McClure and Lucy Dale Lindsey Boyd in Kingsville, Texas, and died Sept. 17, 1985, at Matagorda General Hospital.

She was a retired employee of the Bay City Independent School District where she served as office manager at central administration for 10 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin L. Harvel of Bay City; a son, Murray D. Harvel of Austin; three daughters, Lee Ann Cordes and Jill Alane Busha, both of Bay City, and Holly Gay Williamson of Houston; two brothers, Lindsey Boyd of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Bill Boyd of Orleans, Ind.; three sisters, Altha Elliott of Athens, Drusella Young of Fort Worth and Doris Thomas of Dallas; a grandson, Chip Cordes of Bay City and a granddaughter, Julia Dale Busha of Bay City,

Pallbearers include Ken Dunn, Bob Allen, Leo Neuszer, Charles Cordes, Reid Williamson and Terry Busha.

Services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, September 1985

Elsie A. Harvel


Betty Jean Harvey

BAY CITY [Matagorda County, Texas] - Betty Jean Bender Harvey, 63, of Bay City, died Wednesday, May 19, 2004.

She was born January 26, 1941, in East Bernard, to the late Albert and Vera Burnet Garling Bender.

Survivors: daughters, Roxanne Rainville of Alburge, Vt., and Tammy Tanner of Pennsylvania; son, Terry Harvey of Long Island, Kan.; sisters, Dorothy Fojtek of Galveston, Vera Gates and Ruby Dierks, both of Kingman, Ariz., and Luella Ledwig of Bay City; brothers, Frank Bender of Brenham, Earl Bender of Kingman, Ariz., Albert Bender Jr. of Madisonville, Harry Bender of Green Valley, Ariz., and Lester Bender of Van Vleck, TX; eight grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Michael Zimmerman officiating.

Burial will be at Cedarvale Cemetery. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.

The Victoria Advocate, May 20, 2004


Francis Wayne Harvey

Francis Wayne Harvey

Funeral services for Francis Wayne Harvey, 57, of Bay City will be held 2 p. m. Wednesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Michael Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Mr. Harvey was born March 11, 1933, to George F. and Anna Sophia Bareule Harvey in Republican City, Neb., and died June 25, 1990, at his home. He retired from the U. S. Army in 1973 as a staff sergeant after having served continuously since 1953. While in the U. S. Army he saw combat action in Korea and Vietnam. During his military serviced he received the following medals and awards: Bronze Star with combat V, Good Conduct with clasp bronze and four loops, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three stars, U. N. Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and several other foreign and military awards.

He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 230, of Bay City and a member of the American Legion of Long Island, Kan. He was also a member of the Methodist church.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Bender Harvey of Bay City; two daughters, Roxanne Rainville of Bay City and Tammy Sue Tanner of Tacoma, Wash.; a son, Sgt. Terry W. Harvey of Fort Leonard [Wood], Mo.; two sisters, Opel Mae Crawford of Long Island, Kan. and Darlene Hewitt of Fort Worth; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Wayne Bender, Joe Ledwig, Terry Dean Sumner, Jeff Hewitt, Mike Hewitt, Donald Ray Ledwig and Bobby Bender.

A memorial donation to the family is requested in lieu of flowers. The foundation will be determined by the family.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City

Daily Tribune, June 26?, 1990

Frank D. Hattenbach          Bernice L. Hattenbach

Frank D. Hattenbach Sr.

Funeral services for Frank D. Hattenbach Sr., 88, of Bay City will be held 3 p. m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church with Dr. W. D. Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p. m. today at the Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.

Mr. Hattenbach was born Dec. 31, 1902, to Christian Daniel and Sophia Schindler Hattenbach in Yoakum and died April 8, 1991, at Matagorda General Hospital.

A resident of Bay City for 40 years, he was a member of the ODD Fellows and Rebekah lodges. He served as the former custodian for the Bay City High School Band Hall. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Billie Johnson of Freeport; a son and daughter-in-law, Frank Daniel and Barbara Hattenbach Jr. of Bay City; two sisters, Lovie Howell of Texas City and Agnes Decantier of Alta Loma; two grandchildren, Christi Hattenbach and Leonard Stavena; and one great-grandchild, Amanda Stavena.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Hattenbach, who died in 1970 and by five sisters.

Pallbearers will be James Sowell, Gordon Hardegree, Roy Sanders, Bill Ehlert, Wayne Michael and E. C. Smith.

Honorary pallbearers are the Deacons of the First Baptist Church.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, April 13, 1991

Frank Danny Hattenbach


Barbara I. Helms


Edward Hickl


John Hobson          Lois Hobson


Frank L. Hodges          Mary Elizabeth Hodges Fetters

Mary Elizabeth Cashion Fetters

Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Cashion Fetters, 77, of Bay City are scheduled for 2 p. m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Bay City with the Rev. Todd A. Collier officiating. Burial will follow in Cedarvale Cemetery.

Mrs. Fetters was born April 25, 1917, in Houston, and died June 29, 1994, in Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

In 1944, she and husband, David Malcolm Cashion, moved to Bay City with their four sons. She organized a county-wide Red Cross Swimming Program and was appointed water safety chairman of Matagorda County Red Cross for 32 years. She was a founder of the Bay City Study Club. She was one of the first managers in the school cafeteria and was appointed the first state chairman for National School Lunch week. She served as president of the elementary, junior high and high school P. T. A. She was the first woman to sell $5 million worth of insurance in the Bay City area in eight months.

A member of First Presbyterian Church of Bay City, she was active in Sunday School and youth activities.

Survivors include her husband, Virgil Fetters of Bay City; three sons, Jimmy Cashion of Kerrville, Tommy Cashion of Woodbury, Ga. and Butch Cashion of Bay City; three step-daughters, Natalie Robinson of Houston, Martha Winzler of Houston and Jean Fetters of Houston; seven grandchildren, Deanna Vandelinde, Lena Cashion, Tommielynn Cashion, Steven C. Cashion, Tina M. Cashion, Nathan C. Cashion, Kimberly McCormick and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, David M. Cashion in 1955; by her second husband, Frank Hodges in 1977 and by a son, Billy Cashion in 1989.

Pallbearers are Jimmy Craft, Eric Winzler, Tommy Winzler, Jack Huebner, Gerald Ludwig and Frank Groggan Jr.

Honorary pallbearers are Steven Cashion, Nathan Cashion, Troy Keen, Raymond Goggan and John Voss McCrosky.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Matagorda County Red Cross.

Services are under the direction of Dick R. Elkins, Bay City Funeral Home.

Daily Tribune, July 1, 1994

Kenneth Hodges          Noma Lee Hodges

Noma Lee Cummings Schmerber Hodges
April 26, 1931 – Nov. 4, 2010

Noma Lee Hodges, 79, formerly of Clute and Lake Jackson, passed away peacefully on the morning of November 4, 2010, at Regent Care Center in Humble, Texas, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Noma was born on April 26, 1931, in Bay City, Texas, the daughter of Nannie Bell Meredith and E. B. Cummings.

Her first husband, James Richard Schmerber, preceded her in death May 17, 1954, and her second husband, Kenneth Lamond Hodges, preceded her in death January 8, 2006.

She was also preceded in death by: her parents; sisters, Frankie Cummings Robinson of Oyster Creek, Maudie Cummings Taylor Adams of Bay City; and one brother, E. B. Cummings, also of Bay City.

Noma came to Lake Jackson from Bay City in 1961 when Kenneth went to work for the Lake Jackson Police Department. She worked for many years as an assistant at the Lake Jackson Library.

Later, after moving to Clute, where Kenneth worked for the Clute police and fire departments, she opened Topsy Turvy Snow Cones across the street from Reck’s Grocery Store, where many local residents happily refreshed themselves on hot summer days.

In the winter, Noma accompanied Kenneth as he portrayed Santa Claus, frequently being mistaken for Mrs. Claus.

She was an avid teddy bear — as well as other stuffed animals — collector; a great lover of mysteries, both written and filmed; and a doting mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many.

She is survived by: her son, Richard Schmerber and wife, Cindi of Humble; grandsons, Scott Schmerber of Webster, Jimmy Schmerber and wife Leslie of Rosharon, John Schmerber of Pasadena; and one great-granddaughter, Lindsey Schmerber of Rosharon. Also surviving are her brother- and sister-in-law, Bobby and Beth Hodges of Gatesville; brother-in-law, Sam Schmerber of Albuquerque, New Mexico; sister-in-law, Lois Cummings of Bay City, Elaine Erickson of Longmont, Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend their sincerest thanks to the personnel at Village on the Creek in Clute, Regent Care Center in Humble and especially Compassionate Care Hospice of Kingwood, Texas, for their loving, diligent care of “Maw” as she courageously battled this horrible disease.

Visitation will begin at noon, Monday, November 8, 2010.

A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. with interment immediately following at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

Memorial online condolences may be sent to www.stroudfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to Stroud Funeral Home, 538 N. 288 B Clute, Texas.

Bay City Tribune, Sunday, November 7, 2010

Henry R. Hoffman          Roxie M. Hoffman

Roxie Mae Hoffman
(June 23, 1943 - November 9, 2011)

Roxie Mae Hoffman, 68, of Linden, TX passed away November 9, 2011 in Texarkana, Texas after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. She was born June 23, 1943 in Bay City, TX to the Late Loy & Ivy Rhodes Taylor. She spent her last years doing what she loved most, tending her flower gardens and spending time with family.

She was preceded in death by parents Loy & Ivy Taylor, 2 brothers, 4 sisters, and husband of 20 years Henry Hoffman. She is survived by her children: Johnny Hoffman & wife Marcella of Wharton, TX, Michele Guernsey & husband Dale of Bivins, TX, Darell Hoffman & wife Pam of Linden, TX, and Jason Hoffman & wife Gina of Linden, TX; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM Friday, November 11, 2011 at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Taylor Duncan of Linden, TX officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Kenneth Black, Lee Hamilton, Mark Hamilton, Dwayne Taylor, Dee Taylor, Avery Johnson, Matt Johnson, and Dewayne Walker

Bay City Tribune, November 16, 2011

Gladys E. Holland


Alvin H. Hornbostel


Gertrude G. Hornbostel


William Parish Johnson           Dorothy Allen Johnson

Dorothy Johnson
(March 3, 1920 - April 17, 2006)

Dorothy Johnson 86, of Bay City died April 17, 2006 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. She was born March 3, 1920 in Yoakum, TX to the late Oscar Lamar and Alma Dean Rader Allen. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Van Vleck and a resident of Bay City since 1950. Survivors include: 2 daughters and a son-in-law: Betty Matthews of Bay City, and Dorothy & Clarence Sellers of Brazoria, TX; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law: Dennis Gryder of Andrews, TX and William E. “Bill” & Elizabeth Johnson of Van Vleck, TX; 13 grandchildren: Ivy Eidlebach & husband Ross, Lisa Cockrell & husband Matt, and Sheri Hooper & husband Kevin all of Van Vleck, Danny Johnson & wife Miranda of Bay City, Stephanie Ketchum of Dickinson, Michael Sellers of Seabrook, Roy Sellers of Brazoria, Darryl Gryder & wife Jena of Kermit, TX, Lloyd Gryder & wife Cathy of Mansfield, TX, Debra Gasglow & husband Tim of Lovington, NM, Yvonne Bartz & husband Phil of Minto, ND, W. D. Gryder serving in the Texas National Guard stationed in Iraq, and Deanna Gryder US Navy stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii; great grandchildren: John Ross and Amy Eidlebach, Katie Cockrell, Joseph, Ashley, & Andrea Hooper, William, Hannah, & Allison Johnson, Johnathan Ketchum, Samantha Nielsen, Sara & Teresa Sellers, Cody Sellers, Anthony Gryder, Latina Gryder, Dustin Gryder, Stefanie, Kady, Lauri, and Jenny Osbourne and 2 great grandchildren: Stormy Marie Gryder and Michael Gryder; numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the nursing staff in ICU at Matagorda General Hospital, especially Helen & Rene for being so kind and loving to our Mom. Also special thanks Charlotte and Jerry McKissick for helping to look out for Mom in the past years. Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, April 20, 2006 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ross & John R. Eidlebach, Roy & Michael Sellers, Darryl and Lloyd Gryder, Danny Johnson, and Johnathan Ketchum. Honorary Pallbearers will be W. D. Gryder, Yvonne Bartz, Stephanie Ketchum, Ivy Eidlebach, Deanna Gryder, Sheri Hooper, Lisa Cockrell, and Debra Osbourne. The Family will receive friends Wednesday evening at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, or to the First Baptist Church of Van Vleck, TX. Arrangements with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home (979) 245-4613.


Edward Scrapps "Eddie" Jones


Louis F. Jones


Quentin L. Jurek


Stephen A. Kacal


Helen Kelly



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